James Jaillet

FMCSA concludes new hours of service rule better for safety in its long-awaited study

In its long-awaited field study on the current hours rule, FMCSA has concluded that the two 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. period requirements of the 34-hour restart provisions of the rule cause truck operators to drive safer and be better rested.

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Iced in: Interstates in Atlanta, Birmingham gridlocked due to impassable conditions

Chunks of some major Interstates in Atlanta and Birmingham have been closed or at a standstill for nearly a full day due to snow and ice. Here's road closure information, along with photos from the scenes.

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Driver database rule clears White House, e-log rule delayed

A rule that would implement a driver database detailing drivers' history of failed drug and alcohol test has been approved by the White House. The rule mandating the use of electronic logging devices still hasn't been cleared.

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Three more Pilot employees enter guilty pleas for fraud, conspiracy in alleged rebate scheme

Three more Pilot Flying J employees have pleaded guilty to fraud or conspiracy charges surrounding accusations that the company systematically cheated trucking companies out of millions in owed fuel rebates over a seven-year period.

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Diesel price jumps, continues bouncing up and down

The national average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel rose in the week ended Jan. 27 3.1 cents to $3.904, climbing after two weeks of price drops, according to the Department of Energy's Energy Information Administration.

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Agency lifts hours of service rules for propane haulers in the South

Joining propane haulers in the Midwest and Eastern regions, propane haulers in the South are now temporarily exempt from federal hours-of-service regulations in light of cold temperatures and propane shortages around the country.

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Window tinting group pushes FMCSA for exemption of regs to help driver comfort, health

The International Window Film Association has filed an application for exemption with FMCSA to allow windows to the right and left of drivers to be tinted beyond current federal regulations.

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Fuel card provider Comdata, truck stop chains to pay $130M in settlement with independent truck stops

Fuel card provider Comdata, along with TA, Love's, Pilot and Country Stores have agreed to pay $130 million to 4,000 independent truck stops in a class-action settlement over allegations that Comdata charged them 500 to 1,000 percent more per transaction.

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Study: Shippers should find efficiencies to deal with productivity loss

In the interest of maintaining good relationships with customers, a recent study of the hours of service rule change suggests that companies through the supply chain should not pass any increased costs on, but should instead look for ways to increase efficiency.

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FMCSA broadens ability to revoke authority from carriers who repeatedly violate safety regs

FMCSA has published a final rule expanding its ability to shut down motor carriers who display a pattern of "egregious disregard" for compliance with federal safety rules. The rule will become effective Feb. 21.

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